Issue

Population & Migration

Population and migration issues are fraught with moral positions, confusion, and unexpected connections.

We cannot talk about population growth without also discussing decline; or contraception, without faith and medical technology. It is the mother of cross-cutting issues—at the intersection of economics, environment, gender roles, culture, politics, and religion. The population question is about the possibility and necessity of balancing the needs of nature and human civilization—and whether we can hope to or should have any say over the process.

The issue is global. Overpopulation of one region will seek release in an under-populated region. Stronger economies will be a magnet for those from weaker economies. Local carbon emissions will increase temperatures and change global weather patterns, disrupting food supplies and sowing insecurity. Diseases that begin in crowded slums can travel the world. Aging populations could lead to long-term economic depression, decreasing our ability to address the great problems we face such as environmental degradation.

Changing demographics in countries where men far outnumber the women often leads to human trafficking. Basic human rights are abused in countries where entire communities live without citizenship rights—unable to vote, own property, travel, work legally, or attend school.
Pulitzer Center grantees look at the effects of migration on climate and business, the efforts of immigrants to preserve their cultural identity, and the sacrifices they make in leaving family behind. Our journalists ask tough questions: How do refugees mobilize to take care of themselves when aid agencies fail?

Population & Migration exposes the risks and dangers refugees and migrants face as they leave one nation to seek a better home and a fresh start—only to find more obstacles and new threats. Resettlement presents its own set of challenges; hopes and promises prove illusory.

Population & Migration

October 17, 2011

China’s Bachelors: When Men Outnumber Women

Deborah Jian Lee, Sushma Subramanian

By 2020, China is expected to have 24 million more men than women, leaving the countryside filled with aging bachelors, the consequence of a gender imbalance caused by sex-selective abortions.

August 29, 2011

Brazil: Girl Power

Fred de Sam Lazaro

In Brazil, increased access to education, information and contraception have combined to lower the birth rate by two thirds over the last five decades.

June 30, 2011

Casualties of Ethiopia’s Adoption Boom

Kathryn Joyce, Michael Tsegaye

Over the past several years, Ethiopia has rapidly become one of the top "sending countries" in international adoption.

June 20, 2011

Egypt: The Revolution Continues

Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Nicole Salazar

In the wake of the uprising that ousted President Mubarak, Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Cairo, Egypt with Nicole Salazar on the struggle for democracy, social justice and economic reform.

January 27, 2011

North Africa: The Young and the Restless

Ellen Knickmeyer

Ellen Knickmeyer has been traveling the Arab world from the first weeks of the revolutions to tell the story of the frustrated young generation at the heart of the unrest.

December 26, 2010

Delhi's Dilemma: Rising Numbers, Limited Water

Fred de Sam Lazaro

The search for jobs fuels population growth of at least 500,000 per year in India's capital city of New Delhi. Access to drinking water is a daily scramble.

In Search of a Past in Macau

Adopted at age of 2, Qiang Zhang spent the last four decades of his life trying to find his biological parents—unsuccessfully. Now, he works at a cemetery so others won't have the same fate.

Pulitzer Center Visits West Coast

Pulitzer Center journalists Misha Friedman, Jon Cohen and Amy Maxmen spoke to 425 people about their work featured in the e-book "To End AIDS" at different events in the San Francisco area last week.